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Liechtenstein Geography

    Location: Central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland

    Geographic coordinates: 47 10 N, 9 32 E

    Map references: Europe

    Area:
    total: 160 sq km
    land: 160 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

    Land boundaries:
    total: 76 km
    border countries: Austria 35 km, Switzerland 41 km

    Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

    Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

    Climate: continental; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain; cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers

    Terrain: mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Ruggeller Riet 430 m
    highest point: Grauspitz 2,599 m

    Natural resources: hydroelectric potential

    Land use:
    arable land: 24%
    permanent crops: 0%
    permanent pastures: 16%
    forests and woodland: 35%
    other: 25% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: NA sq km

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: NA

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Law of the Sea

    Geography—note: along with Uzbekistan, one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world; variety of microclimatic variations based on elevation

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